TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jonathan Tropper

Season 04 | Episode 15

Jonathan Tropper

Producer / Writer / Director

Banshee co-creator and Warrior creator Jonathan Tropper discusses Bruce Lee and some of his favorite action movies with podcast hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Devils (1971)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Gremlins (1984)
Innerspace (1987)
The Adam Project (TBD)
A History of Violence (2005)
Rocky (1976)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Blue Thunder (1983)
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Missing In Action (1984)
Missing In Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Enter The Ninja (1981)
Revenge Of The Ninja (1983)
Ninja 3: The Domination (1984)
American Ninja (1985)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
I Come In Peace a.k.a. Dark Angel (1990)
Showdown In Little Tokyo (1991)
Men of War (1994)
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Way of the Dragon a.k.a. Return of the Dragon (1972)
The Big Boss (1971)
Braveheart (1995)
First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Commando (1985)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Highlander (1986)
Bloodsport (1988)
Timecop (1994)
Above The Law (1988)
The Raid (2011)
The Raid 2 (2014)
Die Hard (1988)
The Dead Pool (1988)

Other Notable Items

Oliver Reed
Warrior TV series (2019- )
Cinemax
HBO Max
Banshee TV series (2013-2016)
Agatha Christie
The Chapo Traphouse podcast episode
Alan Ball
Cameron Crowe
James L. Brooks
Ryan Reynolds
Dennis Quaid
Harrison Ford
The Martin Short podcast episode
Entertainment Weekly
ArcLight
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre 
The Scott Adkins podcast episode
Sylvester Stallone
John Wayne
Steve McQueen
James Bond
Roy Scheider
Malcolm McDowell
Daniel Stern
Chuck Norris
David Carradine
Bruce Lee
Steve Carver
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Steven Seagal
Admiral James Stockdale 
Ross Perot
Steve Bing
Charlton Heston
Cannon Films
Sho Kosugi
Black Belt Magazine 
The Asian World of Martial Arts in Philadelphia
The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu comic series (1974-1977)
Dolph Lundgren
Brandon Lee
The John Sayles podcast episode
Shannon Lee
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Criterion box set
Kung Fu TV series (1972-1975)
Richard Crenna
Michael Jordan
Burt Lancaster
James Cameron
Michael Biehn
Harlan Ellison 
Sean Connery
Christopher Lambert
Highlander TV series (1992-1998)
Adrian Paul 
Jean-Claude Van Damme 
Mia Sara 
Aikido 
Iko Uwais 
Joe Taslim
Justin Lin
The Fast & Furious franchise
Clint Eastwood
Dustin Nguyen
Charles Bronson
21 Jump Street TV series (1987-1991) 
Moonlighting (1985-1989)
Bruce Willis
The Daniel Waters podcast episode 
Dirty Harry franchise
See (2019- )
Jason Momoa

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.